Our people

Peter Candler

Peter is managing director of Jesmond Dene House, Newcastle’s first luxury boutique hotel which won AA Hotel of the Year in 2008-09, three years after opening. This was followed by the Good Hotel Guide’s Cesar Award for City Hotel of the Year in 2013. A converted Arts and Crafts mansion, the hotel is one of … Continue reading Peter Candler

Robin Freer

A student bar-job in Newcastle, where Robin was studying architectural technology at Northumbria University, started an unplanned career in hospitality and led, 16 years later in 2018, to the General Manager role at St Mary’s Inn. The atmosphere, the buzz and the sociability of pubs and bars were, he confesses, a bigger attraction than technical … Continue reading Robin Freer

Our Sister Property: Jesmond Dene House

Our sister property in Newcastle, Jesmond Dene House, is a country-house hotel in the city. An Arts & Crafts mansion overlooking a wooded valley, the hotel feels to be in rural peace yet is only a 10-minute from Newcastle city centre. It’s the same ownership but a different style: St Mary’s Inn is a pub-with-rooms, … Continue reading Our Sister Property: Jesmond Dene House

How To Find Us

From the South: Some Satnav systems will direct you to use a minor road involving a sharp left turn from the A1(M) between the Stannington Village and Morpeth exits.  This left turn is not the best route to St Mary’s Inn from the A1(M).  Instead, we suggest that you use the Morpeth/Clifton exit which is … Continue reading How To Find Us

A Bit Of Background…

Set in south Northumberland near Stannington village, as part of a new community which is currently being developed, our pub and B&B is on the site of St Mary’s Hospital. Built at the beginning of last century, as the county asylum for Gateshead – 2000 patients at its peak – the hospital closed in 1996. … Continue reading A Bit Of Background…



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Dear Friends of St Mary’s Inn,

Despite the Government confirming that pubs, bars, restaurants and hotels will be allowed to open on 4th July, under specific distancing restrictions and other COVID-19 safety measures, the ongoing welfare of our staff and customers are paramount to us.

We have reviewed extensively how we could comply with these regulations and still operate and serve our customers safely, and with the warmth and hospitality our business is based upon. Our conclusions are that St Mary's Inn will remain closed until we are convinced in the future that we can control events safely and in a hospitable trading environment.

We appreciate all the messages of support we have received and we will certainly be back when conditions permit us to serve you all in a safe environment.

Best wishes to all,

St Mary’s Inn.